Judge Maurice Ross has issued an order ruling that Muriel Bowser’s COVID-19 mandate, which applies to all D.C. employees, is illegal.
Mayor Bowser’s vaccine mandate unlawful, DC Superior Court judge rules
WASHINGTON — A D.C. Superior Judge ruled Thursday that Mayor Muriel Bowser’s vaccine mandate is unlawful.
According to a press release from the DC Police Union, Judge Maurice Ross has issued an order ruling that Bowser’s COVID-19 mandate, which applies to all D.C. employees, is illegal.
In Aug. 2021, the mayor issued an order requiring all District employees to provide proof of vaccination by Sept. 19, 2021. The order also allowed exemptions to the vaccine rule on religious and medical grounds if the employee agreed to be tested weekly for COVID.
In Dec. 2021, Bowser issued another motion directing city administrators to create a new plan to remove the test-out option, according to court documents.
In early 2022, Bowser requested DC Council extend the emergency legislation requiring the vaccine mandate. DC Council did not extend the measure and failed to pass any legislation extending the code that the mandate was in.